Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival
Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival, curated
by film-makers Rachel Perkins and Darren Dale,
showcasing the latest Indigenous films from Australia
and the world, including Aaron Pederson?s My Brother
Vinnie, kicks off on Friday May 12 with an opening
night screening and party, followed by free screenings
on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13 at the
Sydney Opera House Playhouse.
films include the opening night film, The Blossoming
of Maximo Oliveros, by Filipino director Kanakan
Balintagos. In this funny and poignant film, gay
pre-teen Maxi, born into a Manila slum, befriends
a young policeman, thus undermining his devotion
to his family of small-time criminals. This film
will be screened on both Friday 12 May and Saturday
13 May at 8pm.
highlights include the world premiere of four
Australian documentaries: Footprints in the Sand,
by Glen Stasiuk, retraces the story of an Indigenous
couple who were thought to be the last people
living a traditional nomadic lifestyle in the
remote Gibson Desert of central Australia during
Brother Vinnie, a moving and funny portrait of
two brothers, actor Aaron Pederson and his brother
Vincent, who inspires all he meets.
Fettlers, written and directed by Kelrick Martin,
tells the untold history of a small diaspora of
Torres Strait Islander people and the massive
contribution made to the development of a billion
dollar mining industry in the harsh north west
of Western Australia.
Perouse Panthers, written and directed by Michael
Longbottom, follows the La Perouse Panthers Football
Club in its 2005 pilgrimage through the South
Sydney Junior Rugby League competition and New
South Wales Aboriginal knockout competition.
and Indigenous Media